The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Jakub Vrana to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
It would appear that Zach Sanford has solidified a spot at left wing on the third line, replacing the injured Andre Burakovsky. However, with the Caps off on Monday, the Capitals have no need for a 13th forward until mid-week. It’s possible another call-up could be made prior to the team departing for their game against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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Vrana, 20, recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 12 games with the Capitals this season. The Prague, Czech Republic, native made his NHL debut on Dec. 1 against the Islanders and scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 9 at Buffalo. Vrana tallied his first multi-point game with two assists on Dec. 13 against the Islanders. He was drafted by the Capitals in the first round, 13th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Vrana has registered 25 points (13g, 12a) in 33 games with Hershey this season and ranks fifth on the team in goals. He registered 34 points (16g, 18a) in 36 games as a rookie with Hershey in 2015-16 and ranked fourth among Bears skaters in power-play goals (5), tied for fifth in goals (16) and tied for sixth in points (34). In addition, he ranked second on the team in points per game (0.94) after missing a majority of the regular season due to injury. Vrana has tallied 64 points (29g, 35a) in 72 career AHL games with Hershey.
By Jon Sorensen